VA Sevierville clinic started a PTSD Workgroup on August 14, 2013

A PTSD Workgroup began on Wednesday, 8-14-13 and will last for 16 weeks.  Four (4) of our Knoxville LPG members joined the Sevierville group and we are thankful the MH staff for conducting their first PTSD Workgroup.  Vet to Vet TN has agreed to create a peer support group in Sevierville when the Workgroup is released from the VA clinician.  Vet to Vet TN has already secured a free meeting location and will provide a trained Vet to Vet TN Peer Facilitator.

Three New Vet to Vet TN Peer Support Facilitators

After completing a week of training by Edward “Ed” Drew from Vet to Vet USA, three (3) new Peer Facilitators (PFs) are trained and certified by James “Moe” Armstrong (founder of Vet to Vet USA).  Our new PFs are:  Meggan Morin, Howard Morin and Frank Vollmer.  We are blessed to have three new PFs join Vet to Vet TN and look forward their support.  Jesse Rivera, Freddie Owens and Ed Junod were also trained by Ed Drew and were re-certified by Moe Armstrong.  If anyone is interested in becoming a PF please feel free to contact any of the members.


VA Starts Campaign to Raise PTSD Awareness

WASHINGTON –  In observance of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD invites the public to participate in its “Take the Step” campaign.

“Every day of the year, we should focus on assisting those who have served our Nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “In June, during PTSD awareness month, we take special care to help Veterans with PTSD.  va is a leader in providing state-of-the-art, high-quality mental health care that improves and saves Veterans’ lives.  PTSD treatment can help and there is hope for recovery for Veterans who need mental health services.”

Throughout the summer, VA will hold mental health summits at each of its 152 medical centers across the nation to establish and enhance positive working relationships with their community partners. The summits will help encourage community engagement in order to better address and understand the broad mental health care needs of veterans and their families.

Click here to review the entire News Release.

VA and Veterans Service Organizations Announce Claims Initiative to Reduce Claims Backlog

Joint Effort Aimed at Promoting Use of Fully Developed Claims

WASHINGTON  – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and The American Legion announced a new partnership to help reduce the compensation claims backlog for Veterans. The effort—the Fully Developed Claims (FDC) Community of Practice—is a key part of VA’s overall transformation plan to end the backlog in 2015 and process claims within 125 days at 98% accuracy. VA can process FDCs in half the time it takes for a traditionally filed claim.   Click here to review the FDC Plan